GASPAR SALADINO in DR. STRANGE & DEAD OF NIGHT

All images © Marvel. From DEAD OF NIGHT #1, Dec 1973

These two titles are simply paired here to get an article of the right length. DEAD OF NIGHT was a horror reprint title that ran 11 issues from 1973 to 1975. Gaspar Saladino lettered four of the covers, the first is above. These are all familiar Saladino styles, but the first and last words in the circle are type. DOCTOR STRANGE follows.

From DEAD OF NIGHT #3, April 1974.

THEY is classic Saladino horror lettering used on everything from logos to house ads to story titles as well as covers. The heavy rough outlines and texture add interest, and the thin outer line holds a second color.

From DEAD OF NIGHT #4, June 1974

I like the caption on this cover, and Gaspar has done two open display lettering versions of the word WEREWOLF.

From DEAD OF NIGHT #5, Aug 1974

More familiar horror styles here, but the wavy round caption shape at the bottom is unusual for Saladino. Many of the other covers were lettered by Danny Crespi.

From DOCTOR STRANGE #2, Aug 1974

The creation of Steve Ditko, Doctor Strange gained new followers in this popular series initially written by Steve Englehart and drawn by Frank Brunner. The best clue to Gaspar’s lettering here is the style of THE DYNAMIC, which has his wide, angular balloon lettering.

From DOCTOR STRANGE #9, Aug 1975

Saladino had a way of designing scary open letters that was both casual and spooky at the same time, as here.

From DOCTOR STRANGE #9, Aug 1975

As in many other 1970s Marvel books, Gaspar was sometimes asked to letter just the first page of a story to give it his energy and creativity. The large title here jumps off the page.

From DOCTOR STRANGE #18, Sept 1976

This title also commands attention, and the contrast in styles adds interest.

From DOCTOR STRANGE #23, June 1977

The art on this first story page owes a lot to the work of Steve Ditko, and Saladino’s weird title lettering matches it well.

From DOCTOR STRANGE #34, April 1979

This blurb echoing the name of a Shakespeare play captures that whimsy in the first word, with the second an effective and scary contrast. Look closely for the crescent moon over the I in NIGHTMARE.

To sum up, I found Saladino lettering on these covers:

DEAD OF NIGHT: 1, 3-5

DOCTOR STRANGE: 2, 9, 34

That’s seven in all below are the details of his story lettering for DOCTOR STRANGE.

#9 Aug 1975: page 1 only

#18 Sept 1976: page 1 only

#23 June 1977: page 1 only

That’s three in all. Other articles in this series and more you might like are on the COMICS CREATION page of my blog.

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